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R.P. BenDedek

Helping Children Face Life's Realities
By R.P. BenDedek
Dec 7, 2013 - 12:53:11 AM

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As 'Stand-In' Editor of Magic City Morning Star, I have over the last six months had a lot of dealings with publicists and occasionally with book authors as we turn our focus here at Magic City more toward providing readers with book reviews, commentaries and articles about recently published books.

This week I have been in email correspondence with a former professional basketball player turned coach who is now using his own experiences in the game to reach out to children in order to help them learn some very valuable lessons about life.

Israeli A.D. Erving played professional basketball for four years before turning to coaching children. He told me that he spent a lot of time as a professional, sitting on the bench just waiting for a chance to get out there and play. He told me that basketball is a team sport which means not everyone gets a chance to star in the spotlight, and that this is sometimes a hard lesson for children to learn. Tomorrow I will publish a small article Amir wrote specifically on that topic.

As a writer, Amir has a good following in Israel and has written a whole series of basketball books designed to help kids understand the realities of life and the need for team spirit.

The first book in the series is called "David's Miracle"

David Malone is an average 12-year-old boy who loves basketball and dreams of playing for the Raymond Hills Warriors, the elite club team in his hometown. But when he doesn't make the team because of his below-average height, he considers giving up the game for good.

Then, over summer vacation, David meets a group of local boys who share his love for the game and a fierce determination to overcome the Warriors' rejection.

From a promotional standpoint, the book has two great things going for it. The first is that you get to read the first chapter of the book for free in PDF format. The second is that he has NBA Star Stephen Curry as an Ambassador for the Dream Ten Basketball Book Series.

Stephen Curry, star guard of the Golden State Warriors, will be the North American brand ambassador and presenter of a new children's basketball e-book series, The Dream Ten. With his passion for the game and his commitment to sportsmanship and service, Curry is the ideal collaborator for the international children's series, which follows a rag-tag group of basketball rejects as they learn important lessons about basketball and life.

Author A.D. Erving recognized Curry as the perfect representative for the series and approached him earlier this year about a possible partnership, sending along a copy of the first book, "David's Miracle." After reading the book and learning more about the series' electronic format and social-media-driven marketing concept, Curry enthusiastically agreed.

"I really think it's a great series," Curry said. "I identified right away with David and his friends; I know what it's like to be the underdog and to have people doubt you. The stories are fun, but I think the messages are equally important: work hard, stay positive, and believe in yourself. These are the kind of values I've always believed in. Kids are going to love it." Read More

Now in his late thirties, A.D. is married and has two kids. You can read more about him here and you can purchase his book here. Keep an eye out for A.D. Erving's article on Sunday December 8th. The title is: A.D.Erving: Professional Basketball Player to Coach to Children's Books Writer

R.P. BenDedek
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rpbendedek@hotmail.com


About The Dream Ten:

  • The Dream Ten is a ten-book international basketball series from Israeli children's writer A.D. Erving (Amir Doron). The books follow a group of unlikely basketball players between the ages of ten and twelve who form their own team after being rejected by their local club team. The fun and exciting collection details the group's basketball adventures, with each volume devoted to one boy's unique story. The books will be available exclusively from online e-book retailers. For more about the Dream Ten series, please visit www.thedreamten.com

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